Cambuur didn’t succeed in the previous game played, as the team suffered 3:2 defeat in the local derby against Groningen away from home. This was their sixth consecutive defeat away from home, as the team was chasing the result from the very first moment of the game. Despite that, they were effective and managed to equalize only six minutes later, managing even to take the lead in 28th minute.
However, different image was seen in the second half as the players of Groningen took some time to recover, overthrowing the lead of their opponent with the third goal eight minutes before the final whistle, after a serious mistake from Cambuur’s defense. Despite poor performance in away matches, the team is still hoping to get the eight position, which would give them right to participate in the play-offs, as the players of Zwolle have already won the Cup competition. In contrast, the team has four consecutive victories at home and will surely be looking for another three pointer here. Left back Vytautas Andriuskevicius (23/1) is back in the squad for this game, while injured remain midfielder Sinan Bytyqi (8/0) and striker Michiel Hemmen (11/3).
Excelsior suffered their third consecutive defeat coming from a 1:3 loss at home against Vitesse last weekend. Previous to that, the team suffered 3:0 defeat away to Groningen in the Cup game, losing all the chances to play in Europe next season. However, their real fight is in a relegation battle, as the team has only three points than red zone placed Breda.
The team entered the game against Vitesse rather well, as they had chances at the beginning of the game, but their setup failed later on during the match. It was especially obvious that the team run out of energy in the second halftime, looking completely clueless on the field near the end of the game. The team, despite limited material, did very well during the season but now after last series of poor results are very close to the relegation zone, ignoring a victory in last five matches. They are now close to a must win situation and no doubt that the team will have to look for points even somewhere where they generally would search if the situation was different. Substitute goalkeeper Alessandro Damen (11/0) is injured and will miss the rest of the season, while the team have midfielder Luigi Bruins (22/2) as doubtful for this match.
Cambuur remains favorite and will probably get the victory here, however Excelsior is forced to play an open game here and has all the chances to score as well. There is a huge difference between two sides, but the goals are expected from both sides here.
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